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Some Outcomes of the Evolutionary Race Buck Conventional Wisdom

Organisms focusing on long-term mutations survive while others focusing on short-term fitness gains go extinct

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Photo of Richard Lenski and another researcher examining a Petri dish.

Richard Lenski oversees the count of micorganisms growing in a Petri dish that was used in a study of evolution.

Credit: Courtesy of Michigan State University


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Richard Lenski of Michigan State University explains how some evolutionary results buck the conventional wisdom.

Credit: National Science Foundation/Michigan State University

 

Cover of the March 18, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

Richard Lenski's findings are described in the March 18, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2011


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